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May 18, 2020 3 tweets 1 min read Read on X
Happy 100th birthday St. #JohnPaulII, champion of the poor.

"As the unequivocal words of the Gospel remind us, there is a special presence of Christ in the poor, and this requires the Church to make a preferential option for them.... Image
"This option is a testimony to the nature of God's love, to his providence and mercy; and in some way history is still filled with the seeds of the Kingdom of God which Jesus himself sowed during his earthly life....."
"...whenever he responded to those who came to him with their spiritual and material needs."

("Novo Millennio Ineunte," 2000)

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